The Ultimate Virtual Reality Buyer’s Guide, By Lisa Eadicicco

Clockwise from top left: The Samsung Gear VR, The Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive, and the PlayStation VR.

Which headset should you buy? We’re here to help

On some level or another, virtual reality technology has been around for decades. But this year is the first time you can go out and buy a headset that brings VR into your home.

There’s a wide range of virtual reality headsets on the market, from the high-end Oculus Rift to the entry-level Samsung Gear VR (not to mention the DIY cardboard variety). All of them offer a wide variety of experiences, ranging from games to interactive stories to 360-degree video.

So which VR headset is right for you? That decision will likely come down to how much you’re willing to spend, and what kind of hardware you already own. Most of these headsets cost hundreds of dollars, while some require expensive, high-end computers to help power them.
Here’s a closer look at how today’s VR offerings compare — and which headsets we recommend.

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